2012 Texas Relays kicks off with multi-events
March 28, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas -- The 85th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays commenced on Wednesday with the first half of the women's heptathlon and men's decathlon events at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
The two multi-events included 12 athletes, five men and seven women, who recently competed at the NCAA Indoor National Championships.
After the first day, Boise State's Kurt Felix (decathlon) and West Virginia's Chelsea Carrier-Eades (heptathlon) stand in first place. Felix scored 4,194 points to have a narrow lead over Texas' Isaac Murphy by two points. Carrier-Eades leads by over 150 points over Texas Tech's Precious Nwokey as she scored 3,536 points.
"It feels pretty good," said Felix. "It is my first time doing the event in a while yet I came out with a pretty good start. I have to stay consistent. Hopefully there will be a new personal best."
"I am okay with where I am at today," said Carrier-Eades. I did okay with this being my first multi since nationals last year. My speed is not there yet but I feel as though I am on the right track for where I want to be for nationals this year."
In the heptathlon, Carrier-Eades won the first event of the day, the 100m hurdles, in a time of 13.40. Boston University's Allison Barwise won the high jump with a mark of 5-10 (1.78m). First place in the shot put went to Notre Dame's Maddie Buttinger with a throw of 40-6 (12.34m). Texas Tech's Precious Nwokey closed out the day by winning the 200m dash in 24.11.
On the men's side Murphy had the fastest time in the 100m dash with a 10.47. Felix literally jumped his way up the standings with the top mark in the long jump at 25-4.75 (7.74m). Wesley Bray is competing unattached with a mark of 45-10.75 (13.99m). Top billing in the high jump went to UT-Arlington's Romain Martin with a height of 6-8.75 (2.05m). The 2012 NCAA Indoor champion in the heptathlon, Duke's Curtis Beach, wrapped up the day with first place in the 400m dash (47.81).
The remaining heptathlon and decathlon events will start Thursday off beginning with the men's 110m hurdles at 11 a.m. The first heptathlon event on Thursday will be the long jump at 12 noon. The field events will kick off with the university/college women's hammer throw at 12:30 p.m. The first running events of the weekend start at 4:30 p.m. with the university/college women's 400m hurdles. The evening session starts at 7:30 p.m. with the university/college 1500m run.